Wondering what’s coming soon to Disney Plus? Here’s our guide to all of the new television shows, movies, specials, and other titles that will be added to Disney+ in May 2020.
With Walt Disney World and Disneyland still closed indefinitely, we need to get our Disney fix somehow, making Disney+ the top temporary ticket. Plus, we noticed a few standout pieces of programming on the press release Disney+ sent out, and thought we’d share the list along and highlight a couple of our favorites.
We’ll start be sharing the list of Disney+ additions over the course of the month, followed by some commentary. Suffice to say, it should be a pretty good month on the Disney+ streaming service…
May 1, 2020 New Library Titles
Awesome Animals (S1) Birth of Europe (S1) Bride of Boogedy Buried Secrets of the Bible with Albert Lin (S1) CAR SOS (S1 – S7) Disney Kirby Buckets (S1-S3) George of the Jungle Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco How to Play Baseball In Beaver Valley Lost Treasures of Egypt (S1) Love & Vets (S1) Nature’s Half Acre Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Prairie Dog Manor (S1) Primal Survivor (S1-S4) Prowlers of the Everglades Secrets of the Zoo Secrets of the Zoe: Tampa Survive the Tribe (S1) United States of Animals (S1) Unlikely Animal Friends (S3) Water Birds
May 2, 2020 New Library Titles
May 22, 2020 New Library Titles
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story Disney Just Roll with It (S1) Disney Mech-X4 (S1-2) Disney Vampirina (S2) Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair Fantastic Mr. Fox Heartland Docs, DVM (S1) Hello, Dolly! Marvel’s Future Adventures (S2)
May 29, 2020 New Library Titles
Disney Doc McStuffins (S5) Disney Gabby Duran & the Unsittables (S1) Disney The Evermoor Chronicles (S1-2) Mickey and the Seal The Moon-Spinners Violetta
May 2020 Disney+ Originals
The press release lists a lot of Disney+ original programming, including several new episodes of Be Our Chef, Disney Family Sundays, One Day at Disney, and It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer. I don’t care about any of these shows (no offense if you do), so I’m not going to fixate on any of them.
Instead, I’ll highlight some of the most interesting episodes…
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – An eight-episode documentary series that pulls back the curtain on The Mandalorian. Each chapter explores a different facet of the first live-action Star Wars television show through interviews, behind the scenes footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Jon Favreau.
I question whether the Mandalorian really needs an eight episode documentary, or if this is simply a “lack of content, so let’s milk our flagship show for a bit more” scenario. Either way, I’m eager to give it a chance–there have been several ‘making of’ glimpses of the Mandalorian, and it was pretty fascinating stuff–particularly the way it was shot.
Prop Culture (all 8 episodes) – Film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan reunites iconic Disney movie props with the filmmakers, actors, and crew who created and used them in some of Disney’s most beloved films.
Throughout this journey, Dan will recover lost artifacts, visit private collections, and help restore pieces from the Walt Disney Archives to their original glory. Among the films featured this season are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, TRON, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
I already shared some thoughts on this in another recent post, so I won’t rehash those here. Suffice to say, I’m hoping for something that offers a deep dive into the Walt Disney Archives for each of the aforementioned films.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Series Finale) – Ahsoka and Rex must use their wit and skills to survive the turbulent end of the Clone Wars.
I’ve never watched this series and had many preconceived notions about it until the chorus of fan praise became too much to ignore. With nothing better to do for the next ??? weeks/months, it’s probably time to give this series a chance.
One Day at Disney (E123) – Ride along with Attractions Host Joe Hernandez aboard the historic Mark Twain Riverboat and take in the iconic scenery around the Disneyland Resort. From the helm of the wheelhouse, Joe creates a mesmerizing and memorable experience for all guests, young and old, as they embark on one of Disneyland Resort’s favorite floating adventures.
Not a huge fan of this series, but I’ll watch anything set on the Rivers of America at Disneyland. Especially right now.
One Day at Disney (E124) – Fulfilling her lifelong dream of working with horses, Stephanie Carroll has served as a Ranch Hand at Walt Disney World Resort’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch for over 8 years. From caring for the majestic Cinderella Ponies to driving the Main Street Trolley, Stephanie creates magical moments for guests by bringing fantasies to life through her love of horses.
Ditto the above, but with the caretakers of the critters of the kingdom at Walt Disney World.
One Day at Disney (E125) – Ride Project Engineering Executive Ed Fritz brings new attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage to life through cutting edge immersive and interactive technology. From the initial sketch to the grand opening, Ed is one of the many talented cast members behind Disney’s favorite attractions.
Imagineering one of Walt Disney World’s best attractions? Sign me up.
John Carter – This is one of the first movies we reviewed on the blog and, like many other movie reviews, it was prompted by my belief that audiences weren’t giving it a fair shake. It’s been several years since I’ve watched John Carter and I’ll admit that I’m a little anxious about how it’ll hold up.
At the time, I absolutely loved the character depth, art design, and layers of details–all of which I thought would make John Carter an eventual cult classic. Maybe joining the Disney+ lineup is the push it needs.
Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair – This is an episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color that showcases the attractions Disney developed for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York. This means a look at Magic Skyway (a spiritual predecessor of several attractions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World), Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and “it’s a small world.”
This is a great episode, and it’s great to see the hard-to-find Walt Disney Treasures releases finding a home on Disney Plus. Some of these were screened a few years back at Disneyland for “Wednesdays with Walt” and were restored for that–hopefully the same is true here, and this episode is looking better than ever!
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story – This documentary about Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman was directed and produced by their sons, and is a beautiful and moving tribute to the brothers who composed iconic, ear-worm songs for Disney films and theme park attractions. It should go without saying that we’re huge fans of the Sherman Brothers and their work (as recently demonstrated here).
All in all, a pretty good month for Disney+ content. Still fairly light on top tier original programming as compared to its streaming counterparts, but the overall library is getting more respectable by the month as the pre-Disney+ deals with other services come to an end. Hopefully that’ll be enough to bridge the gap between now and whenever Disney+ starts gearing up development of new content.
What do you think of what’s coming to Disney+ in May 2020? Are you planning on watching any of this? What’s most exciting to you? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!